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    “Trojans, Bruins run over men’s tennis again”

    It was dǸjÇÿ vu for the Arizona men’s tennis team this weekend against No. 9 USC and No. 10 UCLA in Los Angeles.

    Just as in the first meeting between these teams in Tucson, Arizona lost to USC 6-1 and was swept by the Bruins 7-0. The only win for Arizona (5-14, 0-9 Pacific 10 Conference) was a three-set victory for sophomore Peter Zimmer, who defeated USC’s Robert Farah, 2-6, 6-3 (11-9).

    Against USC (18-1, 4-0), a lingering injury to freshman Ravid Hezi forced Arizona to alter much of its lineup. Hezi, who usually fills the No. 3 singles position, suffered a stretched tendon in his left ankle a week ago during Arizona’s loss to California. The injury kept Hezi on the sideline for singles play during Friday’s matchup with the Trojans.

    Junior Jason Labrosse, Zimmer and freshman Alex Labrosse all moved up a position in the lineup, and freshman Milos Romic stepped in at No. 6 to fill the open spot.

    Despite the alterations, Jason Labrosse said the movement in the lineup “”didn’t change much.””

    “”Some guys had to play one spot higher than they do usually,”” he said, “”but I don’t think it affected their game.””

    Hezi returned to the singles lineup Saturday against UCLA (14-3, 4-0), stepping in at the No. 4 spot. Even with his return, Arizona stumbled.

    “”UCLA is a really hard team to play away,”” Jason Labrosse said. “”We always feel every individual has a chance to win their own match, and that should make it possible for us to win four. But it is hard when you play them away especially.””

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